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By Allan Holmes April 9, 2007

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A blogger who writes the Philocrites blog (on "religion, liberalism and culture") claims that a reader accessing his site from an Air Force computer has been blocked from accessing his site.

Chris Walton, who says he writes about the Unitarian Universalist movement, posted an item on his blog reporting that an Air Force employee sent him an image of the message that pops up on the employee's monitor when he types in Philocrites web site address www.philocrites.com. "The Site You Are Trying To Access Is Prohibited," the message begins. "Category of Blocked URL: "Forum/Bulletin Boards. Monitoring of Your Web Activity is Being Performed."

The reason for blocking access to the site, according to the message, was because of "unauthorized personal use."

But Walton wonders if the reader was blocked because his site is considered liberal. He provides links to stories about the possibility of federal agencies blocking access to liberal Web sites, one from the political blog Daily Kos and another from Federal Computer Week. Wikipedia describes the Unitarian Universalism as "liberal."

Walton also writes that readers from other federal agencies have not been blocked from accessing his site, including one from the Justice Department who visited his site in March.

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